Monday, July 19, 2004

This is an interesting story. The Bush administration proposed relaxing what it means to call something organic. In the last two years (thanks to my lovely wife), I've taken on a great appreciation for organic products. They cost a little more, but it is worth it. We, as consumers, have the power to affect business practices in the United States (and elsewhere). It is because of our eyeballs that trash TV gets high ratings. It is because of our thirst for automobiles that we have air pollution and dependence on Mideast oil. Our actions are the ones that dictate what business provides to us, not the other way around. So - for my money, buying organic is a small thing I can do in the right direction to promote humane treatment of animals, purchase products that don't contain antibiotics or harmful and toxic pesticides. If these standards are relaxed, the consumer becomes powerless and companies are free to exploit consumer choice (or in this case, the choice becomes meaningless).

I'm seriously contemplating exiting my auto lease early so I can buy a lower emitting, higher efficiency auto. It's the little things in life that we can do to change things.

The president should not interfere with what appears to be a successful business model. The USDA has had guidelines since 2002 about what is and what is not organic. Consumers should have the ability to use their wallets to tell companies which business practices are acceptable.

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